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The Best American Short Stories 2008

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This brilliant collection, edited by the award-winning and perennially
provocative Salman Rushdie, boasts a "magnificent array" (Library
Journal) of voices both new and recognized.With Rushdie at the helm,
the 2008 edition "reflects the variety of substance and style and ...
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Overview

This brilliant collection, edited by the award-winning and perennially
provocative Salman Rushdie, boasts a "magnificent array" (Library
Journal) of voices both new and recognized.With Rushdie at the helm,
the 2008 edition "reflects the variety of substance and style and the consistent quality that readers have come to expect" (Publishers Weekly).

Contributors include T. C. Boyle, Allegra Goodman, Nicole Krauss,
Steven Millhauser, Jonathan Lethem, Karen Russell, and others.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Salman Rushdie selects the best 20 stories of the year. Alice Munro offers a chilling tale, "Child's Play," of two young girls who drown a fellow camper while away for the summer, an act which drives the fast friends apart. In T.C. Boyle's "Admiral," a college graduate returns to her high-school dogsitting job only to find that the dog is not quite the same as when she'd left it. Rather, the owners have cloned him, which leaves the lonely narrator in a quandary when she is wooed by a handsome young animal-rights activist. With "Galatea," Karen Brown enters the mind of a young woman who has unknowingly become seduced by, and quickly marries, a small-town stalker who takes pleasure in entering the homes of young women. Allegra Goodman's tragedy "Closely Held" is quieter, chronicling the slow demise of both the dreams and the relationship of a brilliant computer programmer. And Kevin Brockmeier, departing from realism, wonders what would happen if the world suddenly became silent ("The Year of Silence"). Perhaps the most harrowing story comes from A.M. Homes. In "May We Be Forgiven," the vitriolic relationship between two aging brothers becomes explosive after a tragic accident. When the brother responsible for the accident returns home from a mental hospital, he finds his sibling in a compromising position and lashes out. A bleak but brilliant collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618788774
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Series: Best American Short Stories Series
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 749,455
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been the series editor for The Best American Short Stories since 2007. She is the author of The Birthdays and a forthcoming novel titled The Daylight Marriage.
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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Yearly Short Story Feast

    I am a total fan of "The Best American Short Stories" series, including the current offering. The quality of the writing is excellent. The story subjects are so varied that anyone who reads the book is sure to find at least one favorite amoung them.

    I have been buying these books yearly since 2004. I recommend them to anyone who enjoys reading a good short story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    The Best American Short Stories

    Excellent collection of short stories. Most were absorbing and left
    me begging for more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Humorless Collection

    I've been reading these collections for a number of years, now. I think this is one of the most humorless collections; not just in this series but among any short story collections I've read in a long, long time. I don't know if it's Rushdie or the world situation in 2008. I don't expect a bunch of mindless happiness, or fairy tale endings. But trudging through tale after tale with utter lack of joy actually got a bit boring.

    I also found them to be a bit mundane--another adjective I would not use is "irreverent." I read the collections from which some of these stories were selected. I found other stories in these books far more interesting than the ones selected for this anthology.

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